The William G. Edwards Honors Program
At Urbana University, we recognize that students are more than test scores or GPA numbers. We seek intellectually curious and academically motivated students with a strong record of accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom for our Honors program.
Benefits of the Program:
- An Honors diploma and transcript on graduation
- A dedicated Honors classroom and lounge equipped with computers and other technology
- Smaller class sizes and opportunities for faculty mentoring Internship, service learning, and study abroad options
- Priority scheduling
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I have applied to Urbana University—is there a separate application for the Honors program?
A: Yes. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information on applying to the program. The Honors application does not have a separate fee.
Q: What are the admissions criteria?
A: There are no minimum criteria—we encourage any interested students to complete an Honors application. The application process is intended to help applicants display merit through the Personal Statement, Writing Sample, Recommendation, and interview portions. These, along with high school records and standardized test scores, give a broader, more complete picture of each student’s potential for success in the Honors program.
Q: What majors can I declare?
A: The Honors program is open to any major offered by UU. Common Honors majors include Education, Political Science, History, English, Biology, Psychology, and Athletic Training.
Q: Will being in the Honors program keep me from graduating in four years?
A: No! The current Honors class sequence is hours neutral—it does not add additional hours beyond UU’s general graduation requirements. Careful planning with help from your advisor will assure that you graduate in the appropriate timeframe.
The Urbana University Honors Program maintains high standards for its students. The following is the overall profile of the current students in the Honors program:
- Average high school GPA: 3.915 Median ACT: 26
- Active in athletics including volleyball, swimming, cross country, football, softball, and soccer
- Participate in campus activities including plays, band and choir, and academic honor societies
Applying to the Program:
Admissions are comprehensive and based on a number of areas, including (in alphabetical order):
- ACT scores
- Class rank
- Contributions to diversity in the program and on campus
- Critical thinking skills
- Extracurricular activities and community engagement
- GPA High school transcripts and curriculum strength Intellectual curiosity
- Writing ability
The William G. Edwards Honors Program has been designed for the motivated academic achiever. The objectives of the program are to prepare students for careers in the global market, for graduate or professional school, and for leadership roles in the community.
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